NWF women's basketball defeats Pensacola to greatly improve post-season chances
Northwest Florida Daily News
NWF women beat Pensacola State College, 99-89
By CHRIS ELKINS Pensacola News Journal
PENSACOLA — The Northwest Florida State College women's basketball team upset Pensacola State College, 99-89, at Hartsell Arena on Saturday night.
The Lady Raiders (22-5, 6-5 Panhandle Conference) led almost the entire game against the Lady Pirates (21-4, 7-3), who came in ranked No. 4 in the latest National Junior College Athletics Association poll and No. 1 in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll.
"(Whether it's the) No. 4 team, No. 15 team, No. 44 team, any team in the Panhandle is capable of beating any team in the conference," NWF State coach Patrick Harrington said. "That's what happened tonight."
PSC — which came in allowing just 62.6 points per game — couldn't find an answer for the NWF State offense. The Raiders hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, including one by Tierra Prothro with nine seconds remaining before the break that pushed NWF State to a 48-35 lead.
Prothro was near-perfect from the field, shooting 8-of-9 overall, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, for a team-high 24 points.
PSC fought back in the second half, cutting the lead to 56-51 with 14:12 remaining in the game.
"We had some shaky minutes there in the second half," Harrington said. "But a lot of credit to the kids for stepping up."
NWF State built its lead back up following a 14-6 run to go up 89-73 with 3:20 remaining.
Ariel Reynolds added 20 points in the win, while Shae Kelley and Kiani Parker each had 14.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak for NWF State against PSC. The Lady Pirates won all three meetings last year, including 69-60 in the state championship game, while also owning 71-61 and 79-62 decisions this season.
The win moves the Raiders into third place in the conference. NWF State hosts Tallahassee Community College to finish the regular season at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
"We're going to enjoy tonight but we've got work to do," Harrington said.